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The Mandela Effect: Two Differing Versions of Reality - by John Prytz

The Mandela Effect basically states that hundreds,thousands, even millions of totally unrelated people all remember - a sharedrecollection - to the point of swearing on the Bible that some identical eventor series of related events that never happened, actually happened. It gets itsname from the sincere belief held by thousands of people that they actuallyremember via the news (newspapers, TV news, etc.) the story that Nelson Mandeladied in prison, when in fact he did not even though some people still claimthat they have evidence, even proof of Mandela's death in prison. When I firstcame across this topic I thought it was just a lot of New Age woo-woo. That wasuntil I was given an example that caught me up as absolutely believing a beliefthat a quick fact-check would have shown me to be wrong. So here's the exampleand a question. In the Bible (speaking of the Bible), what animal is said toactually lie down with the lamb?


If you answered, as I did, that the answer was “thelion”, you'd be wrong.


Isaiah 11:6 - "The wolf also shall dwell with thelamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the kid; and the calf and the younglion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them."


Isaiah 65:25 - "The wolf and the lamb shall feedtogether, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be theserpent's meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saiththe Lord."


Interestingly, one can find numerous religious-themedillustrations / paintings / art works that show a lion lying down with a lamb,and not a wolf. In addition I shouldn't fail to mention hundreds of references/ citations to the Lamb / Lion paring, as well as multi-dozens of place namesthat reference the Lion and the Lamb.


Further, apparently many millions of people, includingmyself, believed that Evangelical Christian Billy Graham had long since passedaway. Not so. As of 16 October 2017 Billy Graham was still alive! Oops!


There are apparently no end of examples of commonly heldbeliefs that has no actual basis in fact. The question arises, why is this so?While each and every human has lots of false memories, they are, or should bepretty unique to that individual. But when certain false memories are sharedbetween hundreds, thousands, even millions of people that's way, way more anomalous.Could an answer be that as simulated beings, we have been implanted withmemories, not all of which are accurate? We know memories can be faulty, butwhen lots and lots and lots of people share an identical faulty memory then oneneeds to sit up and try to figure out what is actually going on.




Many people have a memory of X when in fact they shouldhave a memory of Y. But what if X at one time had been the correct memory butnow no longer is? Something is screwy somewhere.


* In "Star Wars" is C-3PO entirely goldencolored?


* In "Star Wars", is the quote by Darth Vader1) Luke, I am your father" or is it "No, I am your father"?[It's actually "No, I am your father". Note, even the actor whovoiced the lines in several later interviews gets it entirely wrong!]


* In Disney's "Snow White" does the evil queensay 1) "Mirror, Mirror on the wall" or is it "Magic mirror onthe wall"? [It's "Magic mirror" by the way.]


* In "Field of Dreams" is the quote "Ifyou build it he will come" or is it "If you build it they willcome"? [It's actually "he will come" not "they willcome".]


* Is the title "Sex in the City" or is it"Sex and the City"? [It's "Sex and the City" though you'llfind numerous references and citations to "Sex in the City".]


* In "Forest Gump", is it "Life is like abox of chocolates" or "Life was like a box of chocolates"?


* In "Jaws" is it "We're gonna need abigger boat" or is it "You're going to need a bigger boat"?[Apparently it is "You're going to need a bigger boat".]


* Is it "Interview with the Vampire" or"Interview with a Vampire"?


* Is it Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of DorianGray" or "The Portrait of Dorian Grey"?


* In "Apollo 13", is it "Houston, we havea problem" or "Houston, we had a problem"?


* Is it "Daylight Saving Time" or is it"Daylight Savings Time"?


* What about "Smokey Bear" vs. "Smokey theBear"?


There are hundreds of other examples on the Internet andwhile most aren't all that convincing, for example relatively minor changes toproduct brand names and/or images / logos that's more than countered by thosefew that are very convincing indeed.


Biblical examples:


* The 'Three' Wise Men: It's a trio of wise men thatbring gifts to baby Jesus, right? Well actually the Bible never actually statesthe precise number.

Matthew 2:1-3 (King James Version)

“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in thedays of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,

Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for wehave seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

When Herod the king had heard these things, he wastroubled, and all Jerusalem with him.”


* New Wine into Old Bottles (i.e. - Matthew 9: 14-17;Mark 2: 21-22; Luke 5: 33-39) instead of New Wine into Old Wineskins (which isthe wording of the Wikipedia entry). Here's part of the 'modern' KJV quote:

Matthew 9:17 (King James Version)

"Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: elsethe bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but theyput new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved."

This passage makes no sense since bottles do not perishor break by the addition of wine, old or new wine; old bottles or new bottles,but old organic wineskins could.


* Matrix: If there was one word that you wouldn't haveexpected to find in the KJV of the Bible it would be "matrix", yet itappears some five times in both Exodus and Numbers. Does anyone recall"matrix" being a Biblical term when undertaking a Bible study classor hearing the word used or referenced in any church sermon? I rather suspectthat's not the case. As an aside, you also wouldn't expect to find the word"Easter" in the Bible, but it's there in Acts 12: 4. Apparently thefirst use observations of a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection ofJesus was in the mid-2nd-Century. The modern usage of the term didn't originateuntil the 7th or 8th Century and was derived from the name of an old Englishgoddess. Something is screwy somewhere.


* Corn - Corn / Maize is native to Mexico and startedbeing cultivated roughly 10,000 years ago spreading throughout most of theAmericas by 2500 BC. But the plant wasn't introduced into the Old World /Europe until after 1492, way over a thousand years after the Bible had beenwritten. So how does the Bible (KJV) mention "corn" as early asGenesis 27? Don't the passages that mention "corn" used to be passagesthat mentioned "grain"? In fact "grain" is mentioned only 7times in the KJV, and 5 of those have to do with grains of mustard seeds. Onthe other hand, I counted 92 references to "corn" in the KJV of theBible. "Grain" in the Bible has now changed into "corn". Ormaybe "corn" now references "cereals". There are noreferences to "cereal(s)" in the KJV. But why would the KJVtranslators use an impossible substitute word (i.e. - "corn") for"cereal" (or "grain") that couldn't possibly have existedback when the Bible was being compiled? Further, "corn" is way morespecific than either "cereal" or "grain". There are alsoabout 52 references to "wheat" by the way.


* Lord's Prayer: Matthew 6: 9-13 is it 1) "which artin heaven" or "who art in heaven"; 2) "Thy will be done inearth" or "Thy will be done on earth"; 3) "and forgive usour debts, as we forgive our debtors" or "and forgive us ourtrespasses as we forgive those who trespass again us"?

Here's the current KJV version.

Matthew 6:9-13 (King James Version)

"After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Fatherwhich art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is inheaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us fromevil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.Amen."


Does any of this seem slightly odd in terms of thewording you actually remember? For example I've always recalled the part thatsays "on earth" not "in earth". I also saw a TV showrecently that briefly featured "The Lord's Prayer" and it referenced"trespasses" not "debts".


[There's also a mini version in Luke 11: 1-4 but it toomentions "in earth".]


* This is another verse that has caused no end ofconfusion and isn't quite how many people remember it. 

Matthew 26:45-46 (King James Version)

"Then cometh he to his disciples, and saith untothem, Sleep on now, and take your rest: behold, the hour is at hand, and theSon of man is betrayed into the hands of sinners.

Rise, let us be going: behold, he is at hand that dothbetray me."

I mean in two consecutive verses Jesus says to rest andthen to wake up whereas previously remember only the verses commanding peopleto get up and go.


* And here is another verse that people havemiss-remembered and now question. Would Jesus actually have said this as it iswritten? Do you remember this anomaly?

Luke 19:27 (King James Version)

"But those mine enemies, which would not that Ishould reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me."


* Couches: And why are their several references to a"couch" in the Bible (KJV) like as in Acts 5: 15 and Amos 6: 4? Thecouch as we understand the usage wasn't penned as a word until 1895 when thecouch was invented. The word itself comes from the French and originated inMiddle English, well after Biblical times. Do you remember couches in theBible?


* And here's yet another odd verse:

Colossians 4:11 (King James Version)

"And Jesus, which is called Justus, who are of thecircumcision. These only are my fellow workers unto the kingdom of God, whichhave been a comfort unto me."

So Jesus is also called Justus? What do you remember?


Explanations for the Mandela Effect?


There have been numerous explanations given for theMandela Effect starting with of course...


* There's nothing to see here, just move along.


* These memories are in a superposition-of-state and aswe 'observe' our memories we collapse the wave function into an either / orstate. Some of us either remember correctly or some of us do not remembercorrectly.


* There are close but still non-identical paralleluniverses and we're flicking between them.


* There's this massive conspiracy idea whereby thepowers-that-be are messing with our heads as a test bed for eventual "BigBrother" mind control. In fact this whole Mandela Effect sort of seemslike a mini version of "1984" which constantly altered the officialrecord / history so that Big Brother was never seen to be wrong. As the novelstates, "He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls thepresent controls the past."


* It's just the Simulation Hypothesis and these are justsoftware tweaks. Perhaps it is just some of the programmer's version of an I.Q.test to see if her virtual subjects are alert enough to figure all of this out.


What do you think? Is something screwy somewhere?

Science librarian; retired.

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